Volunteers clean up river

The Rivercare team hard at work cleaning up the river in Sleaford. EMN-140210-120733001

The Rivercare team hard at work cleaning up the river in Sleaford. EMN-140210-120733001

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Volunteers from Sleaford River Care Clean Up group joined in a region-wide tidy up event of the country’s rivers as part of World Rivers Day.

The series of events were arranged by the popular RiverCare programme - a collaboration between Anglian Water and Keep Britain Tidy – to celebrate World Rivers Day and help local communities enjoy the beautiful surroundings on our doorsteps.

The Rivercare team hard at work cleaning up the river in Sleaford. EMN-140210-120837001

The Rivercare team hard at work cleaning up the river in Sleaford. EMN-140210-120837001

The Sleaford RiverCare group met on Sunday morning at the National Centre for Craft and Design to carry out a litter pick and survey of part of the River Slea. The group is 15 members strong and would be happy to have more volunteers come along and join in. If anyone would like to join in future clean ups, let the group leader Andrew Greenwood know in advance: andrew.greenwood7@btinternet.com

World Rivers Day, held annually on the last Sunday in September, was set up in 2005 in agreement with the United Nations. It aims to support its Water for Life Decade and create a greater awareness of the need to better care for our natural water resources. Clive Harward, Anglian Water’s head of water quality and environmental performance, said: “Sadly, we’re increasingly seeing more litter on our riverbanks, in our rivers and finding its way to the coast too. So having groups of dedicated RiverCare volunteers regularly pitching in to help protect these areas is great to see.”